Hey, is the CPSC muscling in on my Friday Freakout action? Regal Lager, the US distributor of Phil & Teds strollers, has issued a voluntary recall in conjunction with the CPSC covering a whopping 44,000 strollers. They're not a threat to the passengers, though, just to the poor chumps who have to fold and unfold them, i.e., the parents and nannies.
So far there have been nine reports of finger lacerations caused by the strollers' hinge locking joint, which I believe is the one on the side supports of the front seats. Regal Lager has a hinge cover repair kit and installation instructions ready and waiting [for US customers, anyway. Canada needs to go to a P&T retailer.]
The models covered are basically everything P&T has sold in the US except the Vibe: the e3 Single Buggy, e3 Twin Buggy and the sport v1 Single Buggy Strollers sold between August 2003 and August 2008, which is right now. Hey, did you notice that Regal Lager is stepping up to take responsibility for the P&T strollers sold before they got involved as distributors? How about that?
Baby gear business case writers take note: P&T has sold 44,000 strollers in the US in five years. I'd bet that 85% of that is in the last three.
Regal Lager Recalls to Repair Phil & Teds Strollers Due to Laceration Hazard [cpsc.gov, via dt reader darrin]
Regal Lager recall notices [regallager.com]